Stories of the creatives behind the camera, as well as the amazing work they produce.

Watch Lensbaby shooters in action as they work through their creative process.

Advice, tips & tricks and more to  help you get the most out of your Lensbaby.

Each week we share our five favorite photos from your submissions & social shares.

GET INSPIRED & LEARN FROM OTHER CREATIVES

Our classic creative effect - a round sweet spot of focus.

Find your edge - get a sharp slice of focus effect

Get your glow on - create an ethereal velvet effect.

Crazy curves ahead - striking swirly bokeh & vignette.

Explore the captivating effects that OMNI can create with this gallery of awe-inspiring imagery.

Sharp spot of focus + beautiful blur. 

Sharp slice of focus + smooth blur.

Radiant edge-to-edge glow. 

Swirly, twisty, striking bokeh.

EXPLORE EXTRAORDINARY LENSBABY IMAGERY

Velvet 56


Our most popular art lens - the Velvet 56 adds ethereal mood to any scene with tack-sharp detail layered underneath edge-to-edge velvety glow effect.

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FEATURES

  • 56mm focal length
  • f/1.6 aperture
  • Velvet effect
  • 1:2 macro capability

SPECS

Specs

Creative Effect

Optic Swap Compatible

Focal Length

Aperture

Minimum Focusing Distance

Format Compatibility

Focus Type

Angle of View

Angle of Tilt

Filter Threads

Diaphragm Blades

Elements/ Groups

Dimensions

Weight

Velvet

No

56mm

f/1.6

5"

APS-C and Full Frame

Manual

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62mm

9

4 Elements/ 3 Groups

3.34" (8.53cm) high x 2.8" (7.2cm) wide

14.46oz

Color
Black
Silver Edition
Mount

Focal Length

56mm

Aperture

f/1.6

Effect

Velvet


Velvety Glow


Add as much or as little glow effect as you like by simply changing the aperture.

© Kimberly Walla

© Pauline Putt

Up Close


Get closer than you thought possible with 1:2 macro capability & close focus distance.

Exceptional Versatility


An adaptable 56mm focal length for environmental portraits, still life, street scenes, macro and more!

© Anne Belmont



In Review

"This lens will definitely do it for macro and nature photographers. The halation gives such a beautiful softness, yet dimension at the same time. It is truly magical. "

Victoria Hederer Bell

 

""I am IN LOVE with this lens! The thing that makes me most excited, and the reason I never want to take it off my camera, is the way it jumps from macro to far away shooting. I adore it!"

Caroline Jensen

 

"If I had to choose just one lens to use for photographing flowers for the rest of my life, it would be my Lensbaby Velvet 56."

Kathleen Clemons

 

A Best-Seller For A Reason


In The Media

"Unlike any other lens that I've ever attached to a camera."

 

-Jim Fisher


"A solid, beautiful piece of camera hardware with more than one trick up its sleeve."

 

-Kyle Ford


"The kind of portrait lens that the more you use it the more uses you will find for it."

 

-Joe Farace

"Lensbaby's Velvet 56 lens makes everything gorgeous."

 

-Bill Roberson


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    EB
    04/21/2020
    Emily B.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    So Impressed!

    This lens is so fun. I adore the velvety feel. I've used it for portraits, some macro (which is brand new to me as a hobbyist and more fun than I ever dreamed!), and even some scenes and landscapes. Such a great purchase, such a fun and versatile lens.

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    TE
    04/16/2020
    Tiffany E.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    wonderful creative lens

    I love the beautiful & dreamy effects you can create with this lens!

    Lensbaby Velvet 56 Review
    A Lensbaby Customer
    BP
    06/04/2020
    BARBARA P.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    It's about time!

    It's time I finally got on LensBaby! I've wanted one for so long. I'm now taking my time to learn to create my vision with it...and when I'm ready, I'll be back for my next one...

    KB
    05/28/2020
    Karen B.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Love, Love the Velvet!

    I had the Velvet 85 for sometime and thought I didn't need the V56. Boy was I wrong. I love it more then the 85! The bokeh is just beautiful and I can get in closer to the subject without a an extension tube.

    AH
    05/24/2020
    Amanda H.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Love it!

    I was pleasantly surprised by this lens. I LOVE it! Especially for taking macro shots. It is a bit of a learning curve with manual focus but so much fun!

    Velvet 56

    Color
    Black
    Silver Edition
    Mount

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